Catherine A. Yakush: Enough rate hikes!

August 13, 2013 

Enough already!

Based on the Aug. 6 news article “Water utility seeks rate hike,” where Aqua N.C. is asking state regulators for a 19.15 percent rate increase, critics say greed is the motive. I am sure that they are not the only ones with such an opinion.

Between Aqua N.C., Duke Energy Progress and Time Warner Cable (and any other utility companies involved in rate increases), it appears that there is no consideration for the end users. Unfortunately, the public doesn’t have any options to change their service of utility companies in most instances, so it appears that they have the upper hand.

With so many individuals without employment, a cap on the amount of weeks of collecting unemployment, retired individuals not seeing adequate increases to their Social Security income (whatever increases there are, Medicare takes its share), not to mention medical insurance costs, as well as the current economic conditions, one would think there would be some sort of compassion to the public!

Let’s hope that the N.C. Utilities Commission will step forward and deny such an exorbitant increase and represent the end users! Enough is enough!

Catherine A. Yakush, Clayton

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